Congratulations

Kingdom Housing Association said thank you yesterday to the latest members of its Support and Care team to attain SVQ qualifications in Supervision and Health and Social Care.

Presenting SVQ certificates to staff members at a celebratory lunch in Kingdom’s Glenrothes headquarters, Chief Executive Bill Banks said, “I am pleased to say that since January this year, fifteen members of staff have completed a range of awards. Kingdom is committed to the training and development of all our staff and I would like to congratulate members of the support and care team on their achievements”.

Kingdom is registered with the Care Inspectorate as a provider of Housing Support and Care at Home Services and provides support to around 260  people with a range of needs in their own homes, including those with: learning disability, autistic spectrum disorder, complex needs, mental health issues, age related needs, homelessness, drug and alcohol addictions.  The association also provides temporary homeless accommodation and services.

As a provider of social care services, Kingdom is monitored by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). The SSSC is responsible for registering people who work in social services and regulating their education and training. Registration is already compulsory for many groups of social care workers including Managers and Supervisors in housing support.  The minimum vocational qualifications required are dependent on the job role carried out by staff.

All of Kingdoms Support and Care managers and supervisors have already obtained the SVQ level III or IV qualifications and only 14% of the support workers have still to complete the SVQ II qualifications. The SSSC timescales for achieving the standards is 2020, therefore Kingdom is well ahead of target.

Sheila Breen, one of the Support and Care Coordinators present commented, “The register for Supervisors’ in Housing support opened in June 2014 and successfully completing my Personal Development Award in Supervision has not only enhanced my own performance as a line manager but has enabled me to fully register with the SSSC.”  Sheila is planning to use her new skills to support her team by providing person focussed supervision.